The baker is Christian. A gay couple filed a discrimination complaint against him because he wouldn’t make a cake for their wedding.
Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by Jack Phillips and based near Denver, Colorado, is at the center of the dispute after David Mullins and Charlie Craig attempted to order the baked good from the business last summer.
Phillips, declining to provide service after learning of the couple’s sexuality, cited his Christian beliefs. But Mullins and Craig aren’t accepting Biblical arguments as a viable basis for the refusal.
And why should they?
You don’t have a freedom of religion, you know.
The whole thing was mortifying to the couple:
“We were all very upset, but I was angry and I felt dehumanized and mortified,” Mullins said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Naturally, the American Civil Liberties Union took the case, siding with the gay couple.
That’s right. A group calling themselves a “Civil Liberties Union” filed a discrimination complaint against someone exercising their First Amendment rights.
Religious freedom is a fundamental right in America and it’s something that we champion at the ACLU,” said Mark Silverstein, the legal director of the group in Colorado, which filed the complaint on behalf of the couple. “We are all entitled to our religious beliefs and we fight for that. But someone’s personal religious beliefs don’t justify breaking the law by discriminating against others in the public sphere.”
Public sphere? Is this a public bakery?
I thought it was a private business.
Now, here’s a point no one is making, but I will, which is why you all keep coming back to the All American Blogger.
Would it be acceptable if Monsanto sued City Bakery, whose owner is “a vocal proponent of organic causes,” because they disagreed with the genetically modified organisms developed by Monsanto, plus they just hate Monsanto in general and refused to make them a cake to celebrate their 100th GMO?
(I don’t know that City Bakery hates Monsanto. I’m speculating. I’d wager he’s not a fan though.)
Would you support Monsanto in this discrimination case? If not, why?
My thoughts are, why would you want to put something in your mouth that was produced by someone who was forced to make it at the point of a gun?
Personally, I think the safer route would be to find another baker.